Tonto Bar & Grill

4.5
2716 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Tonto Bar & Grill: A Taste of Native Arizona
Please Note: If your desired time is not available, please phone 480-488-0698 as table availability changes often due to cancellations or inclement weather. Online reservations from 11 - 4 are unavailable for parties of less than 6. Walk Ins accepted.
Enjoy American Southwestern cuisine featuring salads, sandwiches, pasta, fresh seafood, mesquite-grilled steaks, and house-made desserts. One menu is served all day. Tonto Bar & Grill, gives diners a view of modern desert life with a peek into the past. The restaurant sits on what was once Native American land and later used as a stopover camp for the U.S. Cavalry, and the building itself was part of the prestigious Rancho Mañana dude ranch. It’s chock-full of the charm of earlier eras, displaying ranching implements, vintage 1940s photos and original architecture. Today, friendly service, fine casual cuisine, and comfortable atmosphere combine for a rustic yet upscale dining experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2716 people are saying
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JayK
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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DavidT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food, high price. Comfy seating, pleasant atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite.

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DebB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Booked a reservation for an outside table for my granddaughter and boyfriend. They didn't get one and were not told why. They are from back East and we wanted them to experience an AZ evening dining out.

They left our house at 6:40 for a 7 reservation. They drove there, had dinner and were home by 8.

Were quiet when we asked how it was.

Very disappointed.

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CraigW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

One meal was very good the other not that good the steak was very good the fish presentation was not up to what I expected and the preparation was very poor to what I thought it would have been

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vipJohnSwanson7
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. We’ll balanced menu. Awesome setting off the course.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been coming to Tonto for decades. It’s close, easy and always such a pleasant experience. We’ve come for everyday eating and special occasions and it’s always been a solid choice. This time, however, I have to admit I left disappointed and I don’t know how often we’ll come back. I know the pandemic has hit things hard, but this restaurant had none of the wines in stock (on their menu) that we wanted, and we ended up with a subpar alternative. On a positive note, the food was still pretty good, and the bread was good (though they now charge for it), atmosphere is nice, view of golf course and grounds is peaceful and special, service is lovely, and the overall prices are extremely reasonable. I was disappointed also to learn that the second favorite thing I came for…what I thought was their house made salted caramel gelato, had changed. It no longer has those delightful little bits of caramel covered in dark chocolate that made it so special. It was just ‘meh’ and not worth the calories. The other flavors were the same..just ‘ok’. I learned that they changed which vendor they received the gelato from, which was a double disappointment because I thought they made it in house! Doesn’t it say house made on the menu? Maybe not. Anyway, I’d much rather see this place raise their prices by $10-$15 dollars than cut corners like that. I’m worried Tonto is on the path of her sister restaurant Cartwrights, also previously one of our favorites until they started cutting corners and eventually went out of business. Word to the wise, with some many local repeat customers..we notice the decline. Honestly, this will be my last special occasion meal at Tonto for sure. Sadly.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Not up to their normal quality

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DavidE
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

superb restaurant. The Walleye reminds me of my time in the midwest. Great ambiance, value.

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TracyF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined here for my sons 20th birthday! We were a party of 8. The food was great service was good as well. 2 things stop me from giving a 5 star review. One was the lack of acknowledgment that we were celebrating a birthday. I informed the server when we sat down and put notes in our reservation . Even some of the highest end restaurants will acknowledge a special occasion with a small complimentary desert . The second issue was the fact that they charge for a bread basket on the table.

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vipCarefreeAnna
Phoenix
243 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dine here often, and are pleased to see some new items pop up on the menu. They were very busy on this Sat eve, so we weren't too surprised when it was taking a lot longer than usual for our appetizer to come out. However, it got beyond the "acceptable" wait barrier, and our waitress apologized, said it was due to a new computer system, and we ended up not being charged for a yummy humus/pita/vege platter. As usual, hubby got the burger and I ordered the newly minted chili relleno. We were both very happy with our entrees, Hope they smooth out the food delivery issues, but we will return.

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TONYN
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Schnitzel best I've had since Germany. Nice food and place to eat. A touch on the pricey side

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

TOO NOISY.. Food not as good as usual

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SusanD
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience5

Service was incredibly slow. No one came back to ask if we would like another glass of wine.& had to go find someone to get our bill. Usually, a very good place. Disappointed this time.

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ESAZ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first dinner at Tonto Bar and Grill. We reserved a table for 5 and all of us ordered different meals, including the night's special. Everything was excellent. Our waiter was wonderful, and went above and beyond - including getting a non-alcoholic frozen drink for my daughter, and handling a few substitutions, all of which arrived exactly as ordered. The main courses were all served in a timely manner, and arrived at the table at the same time - this on a busy Friday evening. Desserts were beautifully presented, unique and delicious! We will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with friends and had a fabulous meal with great company! I even had leftovers for the next day!!!

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vipMick
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traveling on vacation and stopped in cave creek for a few days before heading home. The guy who let us into the
Rental made a comment about the bar on the golf course. We made reservations for 6:30 pm. Arrived in the rain but was greeted by two friendly faces and were promptly seated.
Drinks were fantastic and the food was better than I was expecting.
Chips salsa and guacamole. Then a burger and fries. Outstanding!
Keep up the good work.
Just wish I had left room for desert!

Well done!

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JeffN
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food quality and service were very good. Presentation was not up to the standard that was experienced prior to the pandemic shut down. Love the atmosphere. Staff are always very customer focused.

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vipGreat
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointing. This was a special occasion that fell below our expectations. Outside seating was not available, food was subpar when it is usually very good, ambiance was so-so. Not at all what we usually experience at Tontos.

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Nick
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food. Pretentious customer base. Went with two children and people looked at us like we had two heads.

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RoseR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The walleye dish was superb! Great service. Love this place!

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HeatherL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was perfect. We sat at the bar for dinner. The bartenders were attentive and friendly. The food was delicious. The drinks were refreshing.

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CarlosA
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place to meet up with long-lost friends. Great food.

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vipNamaste
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good and experience. I will definitely be back. Took my friend there for her birthday. When I made reservations on OpenTable they asked if it was for a special occasion and I said yes, birthday. They wanted to know if any special requests. I advised them that my friend loved anything chocolate. They delivered a beautiful chocolate Desert cake on a plate that was decorated with happy birthday and my friends name in chocolate. Memorable indeed.

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant. First, it's beautiful. Softly lit, not too much, not so little you can't read the menu. The wait staff is superb, well versed in the specials, absolutely wonderful in making sure you are happy with every aspect of your dining experience. Food is spectacular, beautifully presented.

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vipAsGoodAsItGets
Phoenix
109 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a special space that incorporates old west casual with very tastey dishes. Service was prompt but not pushy.

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vipGerriA
Phoenix
209 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were good. We both ate hamburgers, which were very good. My only complaint, is that I do not like when the server brings the check over, while someone is still eating their dinner. It’s not like we were sitting there for a long time. The time from when we sat down, to getting the check before I was finished eating, was a mere 35 minutes.

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vipFoodie
Phoenix
120 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sand Dabs are excellent and burgers are always a hit! We love Tonto!

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ManfredTontos
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful drinks and great food.
Never had a bad meal here and the service is always top notch.
Would recommend all to visit Cave Creek AZ and go to Tonto's for either lunch or dinner you will not be disappointed.

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Diane
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

This was our third visit and unfortunately, all three have been awful. The service is so bad and the wait staff all three times seems to be absent the whole experience. The food is fine, but completely overpriced. Love the ambiance, but that’s all they have going for them. Sorry…try somewhere else.

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vipjthiker
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good food (Salads and pasta) and great service. Did not eat on patio due to flys.

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KathyT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went to Tonto Bar & Grill last night to celebrate our wedding anniversary. As usual, the food was wonderful - very creative, fresh, and delicious! The service was also very good. We were surprised, however, that if you want bread & butter to go with your salad or appetizer course, you have to order it... and it goes on the bill!! Also, in the past, the restaurant always provided a complimentary dessert if you let them know that you were celebrating a special occasion. Not this time... our "Happy Anniversary" dessert was also on the bill. Oh well, guess it's just another sign of the times.

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KateH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants! Always a great meal
And experience.

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vipNanny
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We have been patrons of Tontos for almost 30 years. This was our first experience where we felt the food quality was not up to our normal expectations . I can praise the burger my grandson had though. Alittle disappointing.

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vipDonnas
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We went for happy hour and we were told that in order to have happy hour we would have to sit in the bar or another room away from the main dining room. The menu was very limited for happy hour, and ended up ordering from the main menu as a result. Therefore not getting the 15 % discount they advertise on their website . This was quite disappointing. The server was nice. The bar was loud too. I do not recommend going there if you want have a nice quiet meal.

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vipAZME
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I usually love Tonto. I was a bit disappointed. Ordered the ahi tuna roll and it was very fishy tasting. Our main course salads were also so so. It was a birthday celebration so it was disappointing. It was busy and I am guessing short staffed so I will give it a pass for last night.

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Brian
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We always enjoy Tonto Grill. Mary, our server, is outstanding! She was taking care of almost the entire room without skipping a beat...she’s a pro. We’ll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience2

My food was terrible

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MaryH
Boise
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Entrees were great. Appetizers were less than great. Hummus came with huge chunks of hard carrots that were woody and bitter. Cukecumber was also cut in huge pieces. Tuna roll was cooked somehow which was odd and it made the tuna a gray color. We love this place and it’s the first time we were disappointed. We will go back and give them another chance

FAQs

Tonto Bar & Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 488-0698.

Tonto Bar & Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 2716 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.